Truck operators in the oil and gas industry face many occupational hazards, one of which is fatigue. It might never be known whether fatigue caused a recent fatal crash involving an oilfield bucket truck. The California Highway Patrol reported that this accident happened on Highway 58. A workers' compensation claim will likely be filed by the surviving family members of the young driver who lost his life in this crash. CHP says the accident happened in Kern County.
While all industries pose occupational hazards, employees on construction sites might be at a higher risk than most. Construction workers' accidents are reported on a daily basis -- many of them fatal. However, now and again a worker walks away unscathed from an incident that could have caused catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Commercial truck drivers in California haul their cargo loads across the country, facing many more hazards than those presented by road accidents. Truckers are typically exposed to a variety of risks that could lead to workplace injuries -- to both health and body. Occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities in the transport industry can occur inside and outside the cabs of the trucks.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says over 50,000 construction workers nationwide, including in California, suffer injuries from being struck by objects on building sites every year. Even something as small as a nut or a bolt falling from an elevated work area can cause a severe or fatal injury. However, precautions can be taken to prevent such workplace injuries.